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Ralph M. Gambone
Captain Ralph M. Gambone, a native of Annapolis, Md., enlisted in the Navy in 1969 after receiving his bachelor's degree in music from Towson State College (Maryland).
was first assigned to the U.S.
Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, Md., as a clarinet instrumentalist and also served as conductor of the Midshipman Stage
and Concert Bands.
While there he earned a master's degree in music from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.
After a tour of duty aboard the cruiser USS Little Rock (CLG 4), Gambone was assigned to the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C. After three years with the Band and a promotion to chief musician, he was assigned to the Bureau of Naval Personnel as Assistant Budget Manager for the Navy Music Program in 1978.
In 1981, he
was commissioned an ensign and reported for duty as Music Program Liaison Officer for the Navy
Chief of Information in the Pentagon.
After two years as Director, Navy Band San Diego, he was assigned as the U.S. Navy Band Supply Officer in 1985, and a year later assumed the duties of the U.S. Navy Band's Assistant Leader.
From August 1988 to June 1990, he served as Director, SEVENTH Fleet Band, stationed on board the USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) in Yokosuka, Japan, before returning to the U.S. Navy Band as Assistant Leader.
His next assignment took him to the Armed Forces School of Music in Little Creek, Va., where he served first as Executive Officer from March to August 1994, then as Commanding Officer.
became leader of the U.S. Navy
Band on 13 Aug 1998, after a highly successful tour as Director of the U.S.
Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, Md.
was promoted to his
present rank in October 2002.
In April 2001, Capt. Gambone
was inducted into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association (ABA), the professional association of master conductors and musicians.
In May 1991, he
received the Distinguished Achievement Award in music from Towson State University
From 1998 - 2007 Captain Gambone lead the U.S. Navy Band, Washington, DC.